Masters in Research (MRes) Drug Discovery
This highly specialized course provides research-led masters level training in drug discovery. The course combines fundamental principles of drug design with aspects of drug screening and the application of these approaches to key disease areas.
The majority of the course is a 6-8 month research project carried out in a research laboratory on a topic related to drug discovery. SIPBS has strong track record in the development of new drugs for important diseases such as a cancer and cardiovascular disease, and research topics on offer will reflect the breadth of research being carried out by academic staff. The research project will provide training in research methods and approaches, and will provide the opportunity for students to contribute to research teams.
To support the research project, students will also take several taught classes. These will cover a range of research skills, including academic writing, statistics, project management, and ethics. Key techniques are developed through a laboratory class in chemical or biomedical methods, and either bioassays or bioanalytical methods including structural elucidation. Students also take a lecture class that covers plants and natural products, molecular modelling, and drug development and discovery in industry, and will be able to take an optional class in one of the following:
- Drug Delivery
- Molecular Biology
- Pharmaceutical Materials and Formulation
Teaching and Assessment
The majority of the course is assessed through the completion of a thesis that is examined by individually appointed examiners. The taught classes are delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions. Assessment of taught classes is through written assignments and practical reports.
Graduates from this course should be ideally qualified to obtain positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Some students may wish to continue studies for MPhil or PhD.
MRes: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Standard Faculty of Science tuition fees apply.
First- or second-class Honours degree in a biological or chemical discipline. Evidence of laboratory-based research experience and aptitude is also expected.
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